Wednesday, October 22, 2014


A few weeks ago, this sweet woman turned 92!  We had a family lunch/birthday party at Lou's Full Serv. Elizabeth and Clark came from Georgia, and both Zeb and Brad took off of work so everyone was able to be there! She is in better health now than she was when she was 90!  We are very thankful!  My crew loves going to visit with her.  They think she has the best snacks!

Can always count on Uncle Brad to entertain!

my mom and her brother

Lovin' on Doe

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wells Fest

Our crew had a fun time at Well's Fest this year. 

This cotton candy is bigger than Leigh!

We went right at snack time so we decided to let them each pick out one treat.  Leigh got cotton candy, Sara Beth a snow cone, and Sam an ice cream sandwich.  While they were snacking this precious little girl starts asking her mom for something and instead of just saying "no" her mom went in to this long explanation to this 3 year old about how it was all just sugar and sugar isn't good for you.  It made me laugh so hard.  She obviously was "talking" to me!  She was so loud and angled towards me.  It was all I could do to bite my tongue and not say something.  Yes, I do let me kids have sugar every now and them.  It hasn't killed them yet!

On a side note, Wells Fest was fun and cheap!  The kids played lots of games and each snack was $1.  Everyone had an afternoon of fun and it was just $13.  

Johnny Appleseed Week

Johnny Appleseed week is a big deal when you are in the first grade at FPDS.  Moms take turns sending apple snacks each day. They also read apple books and do some fun artwork.  Friday is the best part---apple bobbing! 

 I love the looks on these sweet boys as they are cheering Leigh on to get her apple.

It's hard to grab an apple when you have a big gap in the front of your mouth!  

Two new friends

This girl loves a swing.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Grand Hotel

The weekend after Labor Day, Zeb spoke at the ACP meeting at the Grand Hotel.  We spent at quick 48 hours down there while Sara and Brad took care of our crew at home!  

The Wash House--so yummy a must do!

We had some fun on an ocean kayak the morning that we left!  

Zeb, Jeremy, and Amy were all chief residents together.  All three spoke at this conference so it was fun catching up with them and their spouses.

 (We ate lunch at the Fairview Inn and dinner at the Steakhouse inside the Grand.)

Labor Day in Birminham

It's been a couple of years since a McDaniel Family Vacation and since this year is quickly coming to an end, we decided to get away for a quick weekend over Labor Day.  Since it was so quick I didn't want to spend it in the car and suggested Birmingham.  A good middle ground since Elizabeth's family is in Georgia.  My dad rolled his eyes at this and questioned us even going until the very end.  I think he's glad we did it! :)  We really had fun!  It was nice and low key with a little activity.  

We all arrived at dinner time and ate at Saw's BBQ.  Yummy!

The next morning Sara and I go for a walk--we matched--again.  It's embarrassing how many times this happens to us!

I really believe the kids would have been happy never leaving the hotel!  It had a full breakfast, a swimming pool, and Shirley Temple's in the evening.  I mean what more could 6 cousins ask for!

We did some shopping in downtown Homewood and came across this really good Greek place.  I  think the name was Do Di Yos.  

There were fish and rocks in the hotel!  (On a side note...only a third child would be allowed to do this!  I never would have let SB and L)

Board games and Shirley Temple's

On Saturday, Elizabeth's family and Sara and Brad went to Starkville for the opening game.  That is the night we found that yummy Italian place (Bongiorno???) and met the officer who took Sam on the tour.

lunch at Urban Cookhouse

McWane Science Center

Waiting FOREVER to eat at Flip Burger

We got three good ones!

 The Vulcan

And of course, Steele City Pops

doing their goodbye handshake